A Disposition to Be Rich: How a Small-Town Pastor's Son by Geoffrey C. Ward

By Geoffrey C. Ward

Ferdinand Ward was once the best swindler of the Gilded Age. via his unapologetic villainy, he bankrupted Ulysses S. provide and ran roughshod over the complete global of finance. Now, his compelling, behind-the-scenes tale is told—told via his great-grandson, award-winning historian Geoffrey C. Ward.
Ward was once the Bernie Madoff of his day, a meant genius at making huge cash speedy on Wall highway who became out to were operating an incredible pyramid scheme—one that finally collapsed in a single of the best monetary scandals in American heritage. The son of a Protestant missionary and small-town pastor with secrets and techniques of his personal to maintain, Ward got here to long island at twenty-one and in below a decade, armed with allure, strength, and a complete loss of moral sense, made himself the company companion of the previous president of the us and was once largely hailed because the “Young Napoleon of Finance.” truthfully, he became out to be a whole fraud, his whole lifestyles marked by means of dishonesty, cowardice, and contempt for something yet his personal interests.
Drawing from millions of family members records by no means sooner than tested, Geoffrey C. Ward lines his great-grandfather’s swift upward push to riches and status and his much more dizzying fall from grace. There are mistresses and mansions alongside the way in which; quick horses and crooked bankers and corrupt ny officers; court confrontations and 6 years in Sing Sing; and Ferdinand’s determined scheme to kidnap his personal son to get his arms at the property his past due spouse had left the boy. here's a nice tale a couple of vintage American con artist, instructed with boundless appeal and dry wit through one in every of our best historians.

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The winner of the naming contest won a $25 cash prize. Out of 440 name suggestions, Armstrong chose Armsley Square, suggested by Mrs. Helen Hughes, who also wrote a poem called “A Toast to ‘Armsley Square’ ”: “Here’s to Armsley Square, the gem of the city, where our happy homes will be. / The pride of our fond aspirations, Mr. Armstrong we pay homage to thee. ” 59 Armstrong built a home for his family in Armsley Square. The couple had six children, although, tragically, four of them died young.

They employed professional hybridists who developed awardwinning roses and other plants, including the Charlotte Armstrong Rose, created by Walter Lammerts. This was the All-America Rose Selections winner for 1941 and is also Ontario’s official flower. 58 In the early 1920s, Armstrong purchased 20 acres just off the west side of Euclid Avenue, near Sixth Street, and developed what he called an “elite” subdivision. He promoted his new subdivision by devising a naming contest he advertised in the Daily Report in February 1924.

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